1 North Korea Officials Say They Completed Long-Range Missile Tests
North Korean officials claim they have completed long-range missile tests. State-run media reports the missiles allegedly hit a target around 930-miles away on Saturday and yesterday. Officials say they are a "strategic weapon of great significance" to the country's defense plan. That’s why it’s interesting to note that while a number of the ‘Hermit Kingdom’s’ top scientists and leaders were present...there has been no mention of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attending. That is, of course, if what they’re saying is true. At press time, there was no outside confirmation of the launch – from South Korea, or anyone else.
2 Hurricane Watch Issued For Gulf Coast
A Hurricane Watch is being issued for part of the Texas coast ahead of Tropical Storm Nicholas. The storm is about 240-miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Rio Grande with winds of 40-miles per hour. The National Hurricane Center says the storm is expected to strengthen as it heads towards Texas – though the outer bands are reaching Louisiana. The Hurricane Watch is in place from Port Aransas to Sargent in the Lone Star State. At the moment, forecasters saying the slower speed of Nicholas could give way to Cat-1 force winds. Essentially...the longer the storm stays over the Gulf of Mexico, the more strength it can achieve. And for folks living in Lake Charles and New Orleans, Louisiana? More water and misery is the last thing anyone needs.
3 NYT Questions U.S. Kabul Drone Strike
The U.S. government's account of a recent drone strike in Afghanistan is being met with skepticism by a report suggesting the victim wasn't a threat to the United States at all. According to the “New York Times,” the drone attack that American officials said killed an ISIS terrorist carrying a bomb in a car moving toward U.S. troops may have killed a man with no ties to ISIS and who was carrying water to his family. American military officials said at the end of August the drone attack was in response to an imminent threat by suspected suicide bombers. The “Times” says after watching video evidence and interviewing people who were the driver's friends and family members in Kabul, the newspaper has doubts about the version of the events told by the U.S. military.